Teviot Bridge (Jig)

This tune is transcribed from a recording of Leitrim fiddler Ed McDermott collected in the 1970s by Alan Jabbour for the Library of Congress' American Folkife Center. For decades, these recordings were only available by visiting the Library of Congress in Washington DC., but in 2024, New Jersey State Council on the Arts Folk & Traditional Arts Heritage Fellowship recipient Kathy DeAngelo was able to underwrite digitization of a number of the American Folklife Center's recordings of Ed's playing. Plans are underway to make these recordings available online in the near future.

McDermott's Handy

Note: While this sheet music is provided for reference and convenience, I would take it as a personal favour if you would find a local musician to teach it to you or a local session where you could hear it played. This will enable you to learn the phrasing and ornamentation for your instrument which generally is not notated here. The best way to learn Irish traditional music is by ear, by listening to and/or learning from a musician experienced in the genre. At the very least, you will want to memorize the tune so that this page would be superfluous. This version is a version that I played at the time I created this page; it may not be the same as the version I currently play, and it may not be the same as the version with which you are familiar. Go raibh maith agat; Thanks!

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